Blues reckon they have found the new Petr Cech

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Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has predicted a bright and prosperous future for Thibaut Courtois in the Barclays Premier League, with the young keeper set to start his first season out on loan from his new club..

Courtois starred for Belgian side Racing Genk last season, and at the tender age of 19, the stopper was put on many European clubs’ transfer wishlists.

But Chelsea were able to capture the starlet, and have immediately sent him on loan to Spanish side Atletico Madrid, to build on game experience and fulfil predictions surrounding his top class talent.

And goalkeeper coach Lollichon says the loan spell will be the best thing for the youngster, with Courtois touted to be a future top European talent.

“I have followed him for the last year and a half, and for me he is a big talent in Europe,” Lollichon told the official Chelsea website. “A lot of clubs wanted him but we had a very good relationship after the first meeting between his parents and the club, and after that he had to choose.


“I think the best way might be to stay on loan for two years and after that, he can come to England and discover the English football for another year at a Premier League club.

“That is very important because the Premier League is a very special environment for a goalkeeper, and then he could join us to continue to learn.”

Lollichon said that Courtois has wisdom beyond his years, and that Chelsea have definite long term plans for the youngster to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.

He added: “He is very mature for his age, just 19, and he is very calm. I watched him in the last game of last season, the Belgian league play-off, and he was so calm. He made three fantastic saves in the last ten minutes, and if he had conceded a goal in this moment they were finished.

“I like his personality, he is very intelligent, and knows what he wants to do which is very important. I think with Jamal Blackman, Matej Delac and him, we have a very good future.”

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